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Kelly, Mary (1818–1826)

On Monday se'nnight, about 9 or 10 o'clock in the morning, a shocking accident occurred at Mr. Hugh Kelly's, on the Windsor-road: Mary Kelly, a child 8 years old, daughter of Mr. Kelly, was standing near the fire-place when her clothes took fire. The child screamed, and Mrs. Kelly ran to her assistance and threw a blanket over her. Mrs. K. imagined she had extinguished the flame, but, on removing the blanket, the flame recommenced, and a young man, who had been attracted to the spot by the cries of the sufferer, cast a bucket of water over the child, which had the desired effect. On the Tuesday following, the sufferer became delirious at intervals, and, at times, seemed to be aware of approaching death. Mary Kelly had been tenderly reared, and most carefully instructed in her religious duties; some expressions which fell from her lips shewed that the twig had been entwined round the bible. She expired on Tuesday night, and was buried on Thursday at Parramatta. We did not hear that an Inquest was held on the occasion.

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Seven Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


24 July, 1826 (aged ~ 8)
Seven Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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